Yesterday a report came out that the Marlins were talking to the Phillies about a possible trade for perpetually-rumored-to-be-traded catcher J.T. Realmuto. Today Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, if such a trade is going to happen, the Phillies are going to have to include top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.
Which is to say that it’s highly, highly unlikely that the Phillies are gonna get J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, because that’s a pretty dang tall order, even for a catcher as good as Realmuto.
Sanchez has been compared to Pedro Martinez. While that’s premature at the absolute best, he’s still the Phillies top prospect and it’d be hard to imagine them trading for anyone. Perhaps this is just a matter of the Marlins shooting for the moon so when they ask for something less lofty. Either way, it doesn’t make it sound like there’s anything close to happening on that front.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.